Ex-Pak PM Nawaz Sharif seeks 6-week bail extension on medical grounds, warns ‘unforgivable damages’ if rejected

Nawaz Sharif, ex-prime minister of Pakistan, has filed a petition in a Supreme Court on Tuesday seeking a six-week bail extension on medical grounds, stating if the bail gets rejected, “unforgivable damage” will occur.

According to ANI news reports, Sharif was granted bail by an apex court of Pakistan till May 7 in order to receive medical treatment without fleeing the country. He has been serving a seven-year prison term in connection with Al-Azizia steel mills corruption in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail.

The petition filed by Sharif’s counsel Khawaja Jaris Ahmed argued that Nawaz, who is admittedly suffering from complicated and life-threatening nature of ischemic heart disease, carotid artery disease, lymphadenopathy and renal artery stenosis, “it is in the interest of justice that condition imposed for the petitioner’s release on bail merits review”.

Dawn reported the petition stated the only feasible option left for Sharif to be treated properly is by the same doctors who were looking after him from a long time in the United Kingdom.

The application read, “Unforgivable damage will occur if the bail is not extended,” adding they hope the petition filed in the court gets accepted.

The court has charged Sharif for not offering part of an amount drawn from his son’s company, and later he was convicted in two separate cases relating to failing to disclose the sources of income.

In January, a medical penal had made a recommendation that Sharif should be moved to a hospital for “optimal management” of his failing health, including several changes in Sharif’s medication to treat his high blood pressure (BP) and diabetes, including some further medical tests.

In a report, the board has added that the former minister has a past medical history of Type 2 diabetes, kidney stone disease, ischemic heart disease, and hypertension.

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